For many people mold, bacteria, and allergens in their homes can be harmful – for Jhyrve Sears they could be fatal.
Life changed for Jhyrve, 17, when she was diagnosed with Krabbe Disease, a rare genetic disorder that attacks the nervous system. Krabbe Disease is usually fatal, and most patients diagnosed with the disease die within two years. Jhyrve was given an experimental stem cell transplant.
Jhyrve faced a long and lonely recovery. The chemotherapy that was part of her life-saving treatment had disabled her immune system.
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" was facing its biggest challenge ever. For Jhyrve to be able to leave the hospital her doctor said she would need a home that was completely free of bacteria, viruses, and allergens. The slightest cold or virus, something a healthy person could easily resist, could be fatal to Jhyrve.
IQAir consulted with "Extreme Makeover" on what would be required to build a proper hospital-sterile environment in a home. IQAir President Frank Hammes flew in from Switzerland for the installation of Jhyrve's CleanZone® HVAC air filtration system. IQAir also placed GC™ MultiGas systems in the home. Jhyrve needed to be protected from chemicals as well as particulates. IQAir's GC MultiGas systems are the world's most powerful and efficient chemical absorption filters.
After the installation of the CleanZone HVAC and GC MultiGas systems was complete came the most critical step in the process. IQAir needed to certify that Jhyrve's house was safe for her return. The IQAir team conducted an Indoor Air Quality inspection of the entire home. The air tests showed that the installation and design of the home were a complete success. The air in Jhyrve's new home was actually cleaner than it had been when she was in the hospital.
IQAir notified the "Extreme Makeover" staff that Jhyrve could now come home.